Science & Listening to Communities (Bill Simpson)

Video Shot in: 2023

Bill Simpson discusses the crucial role of scientists in deeply engaging with communities, particularly in environmental matters. He stresses the importance of starting early in understanding community concerns, using the example of conflicts between heating needs and air quality in Fairbanks. Simpson acknowledges the challenge of integrating community engagement within the grant-funded research framework, noting his advantage as a local resident in establishing connections. He cites an example from New York City, where town hall meetings on decarbonization reveal public fear and anger, underscoring the need for better communication and engagement to facilitate the transition in addressing climate change. This highlights the significance of not just scientific research, but also the human and community aspects in environmental issues.